February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
Congress and New York State have designated February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) invites you to join us in raising awareness of this important issue. Below are links to some information and ideas you can share with coworkers, neighbors, friends, and family members to support the organizations and individuals providing critical victim services, advocacy, and assistance.
Proclaim the Month
February 2014 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. You may consider requesting a proclamation from your local elected officials. See the 2014 proclamation (text) issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
What is Teen Dating Violence?
OPDV has launched an entire website and Facebook page dedicated to teen dating violence and dating abuse. Visit Respect Love, Love Respect to read more about the issue, ways to identify it, and how to help. Don’t forget to “like” the Facebook page.
Download the Respect Love, Love Respect web banner announcing Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. Put it on your website, attach it to your e-mail signature, or send it to a colleague.
Coordinate a “Candy Hearts Day 2014” Teen Dating Violence Campaign
The “Candy Hearts Day 2014” Teen Dating Violence Campaign launched on February 6, 2014 by OPDV encourages teens and adults alike to share their pledge to end Teen Dating Violence using social media.
You can help by downloading, printing and displaying the poster shown below, and by sending a candy heart.
OPDV’s “This Isn’t Love” teen dating violence awareness poster (high-resolution pdf - 607kb) can be printed in color on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and posted throughout the school. Other sizes:
Awareness Activities for Schools and Communities
There are many ways in which schools or youth programs can raise awareness of teen dating violence. See a listing of suggestions or come up with your own!